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Do these figures Make sense to Kilome People?

Concepts are good, as what we use daily was first dreamt on by someone then made into reality.

OUR Dear City:
Project Cost:7 billion US Dollars to create 200,000 jobs

Average cost of Job :7billion USD(cost of city) divided by 200,000jobs =USD35,000 x ksh80 = ksh2.8million spent to create 1(one) job
Can somebody show me exactly how this job will create back Ksh2.8million plus interest on this borrowed money?
~ Ksh 4billion+ released through budget allocation since project began, visible on ground is a fence, launch plaque, and about 3metres of wall next to it.
~ Did I hear of law passed requiring 10% of tendering go to youth? 10% of 4billion is 400million Ksh, which youth received any of this?
~this 400million would provide 20,000 households within Kilome(that is every household/family of kilome) with personal 27,000ltr dams each within their shambas for irrigation (see example).*A concept done and working in kilome! That’s how to modernize agriculture ukambani…
*kilome has 19,631 households according to Kenya Bureau of statistics
*25% of total cost of city would give EVERY homestead in Makueni county, Machakos county, Kajiado county & Kitui county a greenhouse and a 125,000 Cubic metre dam each!

1. When you go ‘IT’, you eliminate boundaries as internet is worldwide!
Where as manual jobs are local in competition, IT opens up competition with the world ie over 2billion IT users worldwide – Have we prepared our people for this?
2. We expect to earn by companies operating here. They pay through 3 basic taxes
-Corporate tax minimum 30%(companies here have been exempted ie Not paying)
-Stamp duty minimum 2%(Companies here have been exempted)
-Vat 18% (Duty free for imports for business).
Where will country earn money to pay back this loan with No Taxes Paid?
*A business person will aim to import as much as they can to avoid tax on purchases!
3. When ‘development partners’ give loans most is for consultancy which they either provide themselves or push for their own to get. They have done superb +ve business in their books, we have to pay back plus interest, where are we earning in this picture?
4. The word ‘Jobs‘ is easily understandable though locals are now asking where they will fit in the class of Jobs according to standards set and here’s why
– most have never had electricity in their lives. I walk 2kms to charge my phone + 2kms back home as electricity runs mainly along main roads here.
– The city is IT based ie ‘information relayed via information technology’. *I personally have NEVER heard/seen a primary/secondary school in the whole region that is Internet Connected!
I went to Ministry of information to enquire about access of region to the fiber optic National Network that’s said to run through the center of Kilome along the main road (mombasa rd). Answer: we are yet to make last mile connection(5yrs later?)
But there is connection via Mobile Networks? First mobile phones are illegal in schools(therefore mobile internet ‘X’ through educational institutions), secondly I personally have attempted to update antivirus software via modems within the region very Unsuccessfully, beyond 20MegaBytes networks start disconnecting!
– So the city is IT based and it’s residents/neighbours are IT illiterate because of lack of access to Electricity & Internet connectivity. Therefore when Jobs become available ‘In the City’ they mostly will go to outsiders who are IT literate.
*Big question here is how we are preparing our citizens for this facility
5. Bufferzone for Konzacity is earmarked mainly for ‘modern agriculture’. Good, because most locals are farmers.
*BUT what no one is saying is who will teach the locals this modern agriculture, and who will foot the bill to teach? and if they are to be taught will they abandon their present shambas to practice it at Konza?

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